Marriage,  Paperwork

Step Two: Transcription de l’acte de mariage

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Once you and your french beau have tied the knot you’ll need to fill out another set of forms and submit more paperwork for le transcription de l’acte de mariage (transcription of the marriage license). You can find information here in regards to starting the transcription process (step 5). Here’s the form you will need to download and fill out for the validation of your marriage. This form is in French and is pretty straight forward. 

Please read carefully as there are certain parts that require the signature of the French partner as well. Thomas and I prepared the paperwork (and 2 extra copies) before he left to go back to Paris after our wedding. I would mail the paperwork from my home as I would be the one receiving the livret de famille to then use to apply for my visa. 

What is the Livret de Famille ?

The Livret de famille (family registry) is a booklet that includes any and all information from a legal standpoint in regards to the family unit. In other words, any event that happens in a family (death, birth, divorce, etc…) is recorded in this booklet. This booklet is another proof of marriage to your French partner as well as anything related to the family unit.

Documents needed for the transcription

**They are no longer accepting envelopes from UPS or FedEx. This should include your address on it since they will be returning the acte de mariage and le livret de famille that you will use to apply for your visa long séjour -valant titre de séjour.

The following documents are needed only if they apply to your case

Mail application here

Consulat général de France à Washington
Etat civil
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Washington DC 20007

Plan for transcription de l’acte de mariage to take at least 8 weeks. My husband had contacted the consulate in Washington for something related to the certifcat prior and took advantage of asking how long this process took. The lady had said up to 8 weeks, but currently they were processing requests within 4 to 6 weeks. It really depends, but it’s best to plan for the maximum amount of time indicated.